Kalaburagi: Final touches are being given to the Cabinet hall in Vikasa Soudha, Kalaburagi, on Thursday, the eve of the sixth Cabinet meeting.
Kalaburagi, once the capital of Bahmani Sultanate, is all set to host a meeting of the Karnataka Cabinet, its sixth to date, on Friday.
The tradition of holding a Cabinet meeting in this historic city was started in 1981 by then chief minister R Gundu Rao. The erstwhile BJP government held the most number of Cabinet meetings, four, in Kalaburagi from 2008 to 2013.
People of the Hyderabad-Karnataka region, which has not seen much of development, have high expectations from the Cabinet meeting. Incidentally, this will be the first Cabinet meeting in Kalaburagi after the Hyderabad-Karnataka region was accorded the special status by Parliament through an amendment to include Article 371 (J) in the Constitution of India.
The State government has released Rs 75 lakh for preparations for the meeting scheduled to be held on the second floor of the Vikasa Soudha which has been given a fresh coat of paint and illuminated.
A total of 180 rooms have been booked in government guesthouses and hotels to accommodate the VIPs. Besides, 90 vehicles, including 60 Toyota Innova, will be used. Elaborate security arrangements have been made to make the event incident-free.
Police personnel have been drawn from five different districts.
The bandobust army includes two additional SPs, 16 DySPs, 50 inspectors, 120 sub-inspectors, 200 assistant sub-inspectors, 350 head constables, 100 women constables, 1,000 constables and 200 home guards.
In addition, six platoons of the Karnataka State Reserve Police, 10 platoons of the District Armed Reserve, etc will be deployed to tackle any eventuality. Besides presiding over the Cabinet meeting, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah will also attend the ceremony to inaugurate six and lay foundation for nine projects and schemes, all worth about Rs 115 crore, at the KCT Engineering College grounds owned by district in-charge minister Qamarul Islam.